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Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

Mother Ghost: Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters 
by Rachel Kolar, illustrated by Roland Garrigue
Sleeping Bear Press

This brilliant collection of nursery rhymes for young Halloween readers will keep pages turning and laughter rolling.  In What Are Little Bats Made Of?, readers explore what little bats and little ghouls are made of.  Little imaginations will run wild in Mary Had a Little Ghost and run creepy in Zombie Miss Muffet.  But what happens in Sing a Song of Witches, when the blackbirds attack the witch?

Geared for the youngest readers, humor is woven in with the spooky, as in Mary, Mary, Tall and Scary:

Mary, Mary, tall and scary,
How does your graveyard grow?
With buried bones and carved gray stones
And little ghosts all in a row.

Illustrations are done in night darks and spooky purples to support the scary poem re-writes.  They often tell another story beyond the re-written one, as when the dog in Old Mother Hubbard hilariously runs away with arm and hand bones.

Those who love scary Halloweens will love Mother Ghost.

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The Pomegranate Witch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pomegranate Witch
by Denise Doyen, illustrated by Eliza Wheeler
Chronicle Books, 2017

This haunting tale of the Pomegranate Witch will be appreciated by adults as well as titillating for children.  Written in ‘dense’ rhyme, each word contributes to the story’s ambiance and action.

On the edge of town stood the spooky pomegranate tree where kids scared themselves with made-up tales, daring each other to grab the trees treasure.  Finally, five brave adventurers take on the task. Surprising them, the Pomegranate Witch challenges them to a duel, the next day, at noon.  While their second plan of attack, plan B, is in progress, their youngest member sneaks in a back gate and steals a treasure.  They won!  Then Kindly Lady, whose sister is the witch, or so she says…, invites them over for Halloween cheer.  The perfect tale for a late night scare.

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Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pug and Pig Trick-or-Treat
by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan
Beach Lane Books, 2017

Pug and Pig, the best of friends, try on their Halloween costumes. Pig loves hers and can’t wait for Halloween to come.  Pug hates his, it’s too tight and no one can see him.  He claims he doesn’t care about Halloween.  But he does care about Pig.  When Halloween arrives, he finds a costume that suits him and he shares Halloween with Pig.

A true story of friendship, compromise, and being there for your friend, no matter what.

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The Too-Scary Story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Too-Scary Story
by Bethanie Deeney Murguia
Arthur A. Levine Books, 2017

Walter and Grace get Dad to tell a scary story.  Grace, the oldest, wants a real scary one, for she has a magic wand to protect her.  Walter wants a scary story, but not too scary.  They enter a forest which is dark.   “The spookiest, creepiest kind of dark!” says Grace.  “Too scary!” says Walter.  But then fireflies appear and Walter cheers. And so Dad balances scary with not too scary.  A fun, scary story where Graces uses her magic to save the day!

Dark and scary illustrations balance out the safe ones as Grace and Walter imagine a walk through the forest making the story the perfect scary story.

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Littlebat’s Halloween Story

Littlebat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Littlebat’s Halloween Story
by Diane Mayr, illustrated by Gideon Kendall
Albert Whitman & Company, 2001

This is a non-scary Halloween story, perfect for the youngest reader.

Littlebat and his mother live in the attic of the library.  One day Littlebat discovers the librarian reading stories to children.  He becomes fascinated with the story, but frustrated when he can see the pictures of the porridge.  One day a story of a caterpillar that turned into a butterfly lured Littlebat further and further out of his hiding place.  When a little moth flew by, be became so excited he lost his grip and fell into the room.  The children screamed and ran and Littlebat zipped back to his mother.  Littlebat wanted so much to see the pictures up close, his mother finally relented and said maybe there’s a time when you can get closer, but that he’d have to wait for changes.  Many changes happened, like the Fourth of July, hot summer days, and cool fall days.  As pumpkins appeared in the cool air, Littlebat started slowing down for his long winter’s sleep.  He had stopped looking for changes, when his mother said, “It was time,” and encouraged him to have fun.  And he did.  The final illustration shows the librarian reading stories to children dressed in their Halloween costumes with Littlebat in full sight of the children.  Displayed with the Halloween decorations, Littlebat wasn’t noticed!

A sweet story with a terrific surprise ending—and readers learn a bit about bats!

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